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Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel

Information about the Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel authorized by California Education Code Section 53008.

Background | Panelists and Terms of Office | Meetings | Governing Policy | Get Involved | Contact Information


Pursuant to Education Code (EC) Section 53008, the State Board of Education (SBE) was delegated authority to appoint independent experts to the Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel (RDRSSP) for the purpose of creating an approved list of evidence-based, culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate screening instruments, by December 31, 2024, for pupils in kindergarten and grades one and two to assess pupils for risk of reading difficulties, including possible neurological disorders such as dyslexia.

Invitation to Submit

Pursuant to EC Section 53008 (b) and (c), the Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel is inviting interested parties to submit reading difficulties risk screening instruments to the Panel for consideration and potential inclusion on the state’s approved list for use in meeting the requirements of EC Section 53008 (e) for local educational agencies to screen all kindergarten through grade two students annually for risk of reading difficulties.

Screening instruments submitted to the Panel will be evaluated pursuant to the process described in the Invitation to Submit document below. All submissions are due by 5 p.m. PST on August 30, 2024. Please see the documents linked below for more information about how to submit a screening instrument for consideration.

Informational Webinar

The SBE and the Department of Education invite entities planning to submit reading difficulties risk screening instruments to the RDRSSP to attend an informational webinar on July 2, 2024, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time. Information for joining the Zoom webinar is below.

Time: July 2, 2024, 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Link

July 2, 2024 Informational Webinar External link opens in new window or tab.

Meeting ID: 828 0564 7178
Passcode: 922094

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Meeting ID: 828 0564 7178
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Panelists and Terms of Office

On January 18, 2024, the SBE appointed an independent panel of experts to the RDRSSP as recommended by the SBE’s Screening Committee, subject to condition that appointed panelists may be removed if they are found to have a conflict of interest. Additionally, the SBE adopted a governing policy for the RDRSSP.

The appointed panelists are as follows. Please note that, pursuant to Section IV.A of the RDRSSP Governing Policy, Young-Suk Kim and Yesenia Guerrero have been selected as Chair and Vice Chair of the Panel, respectively.

Name Position Employer
Young-Suk Kim, Chair Professor & Senior Associate Dean University of California, Irvine
Yesenia Guerrero, Vice Chair Special Education Teacher Lennox School District
Dominic Grasso Assistant Professor, Elementary Literacy Education California State University, Northridge
Carlin Graveline Speech-Language Pathologist/Literacy Specialist Sole Proprietorship
Martha Martinez Senior Director of Research & Evaluation Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL)
Jessica Niessen READ Coordinator Los Angeles Unified School District
Gisela O’Brien Assistant Director, Biliteracy and English Learner Programs Center for Equity for English Learners, Loyola Marymount University
Timothy Odegard Professor of Psychology, Chair of Excellence, Dyslexic Studies Middle Tennessee State University
Tamara Wilson Director, Development and Training Sacramento County Office of Education

Subject to the provisions of the Governing Policy, effective January 18, 2024, panel members will serve for a term of up to two years, ending no later than December 31, 2025. However, the SBE may extend term for any panel member, including for the purposes of updating the review process adopted by the SBE and/or amending the list of approved screening instruments adopted by the panel. Panel members may also be removed before the expiration of their term, as set forth in the Governing Policy and consistent with the SBE’s January 18, 2024, appointment of the panelists.


Beginning February 16, 2024, regular meetings of the RDRSSP will be held monthly through December 2024. With the consent of the Chair and Vice chair in consultation with California Department of Education (CDE) staff and SBE staff, the RDRSSP may cancel a scheduled meeting or hold additional meetings, as necessary. Meetings are held in Room 1101 at the California Department of Education, which is located at 1430 N Street, Sacramento, California 95814. Meetings will also be streamed live during the scheduled meeting dates.

All proceedings of the RDRSSP are governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and are conducted openly so that the public may be fully informed.


2024 Meeting Dates

2024 Public Meeting Notices, Agendas, Minutes, and Webcasts

Governing Policy

Governing Policy of the RDRSSP adopted by the SBE on January 18, 2024 (PDF)

How is the public involved in the RDRSSP?

The RDRSSP welcomes public involvement. Opportunities for public comment are provided in-person and by telephone at meetings, and may also be submitted via email to

To receive information and updates regarding the RDRSSP, including information about meeting agendas and other notices, please subscribe to the RDRSSP mailing list by sending a blank message to

Contact Information

California Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel
California Department of Education
Statewide Literacy Office
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Last Reviewed: Friday, June 21, 2024
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